Leslie Pintchik – So Glad To Be Here (2004)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 58:52 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 3,05 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,22 GB
Not standard piano trio, this group features unique percussion with lyrical bass and piano arrangements of originals and standards. Pianist Leslie Pintchik and bassist Scott Hardy have a musical partnership that spans two decades, and together they have built a library of rich original material. On So Glad to Be Here, Leslie and Scott are joined by percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, whose highly unusual kit (which includes hand drums, bells, cymbals, etc.) adds a dramatic array of colors to the music. The Music-Warmth, humor and mystery flavor this mix of original compositions and jazz standards, in a recording that features rich group interplay and lean textures.
Leslie Pintchik initially was working toward a career as an English professor, but her discovery of jazz motivated her to become a pianist and composer. This release marks her debut as a leader, joined by bassist Scott Hardy (who is her husband) and drummer Satoshi Takeishi. The session begins with two standards, but with a twist. “All the Things You Are” almost seems in danger of overexposure, but the intricate Latin-flavored arrangement brings out new ideas from within this old chestnut, with superb playing by all three musicians. Irving Berlin’s “You Keep Coming Back Like a Song” is somewhat more obscure. It comes from the mid-’40s film Blue Skies, originally sung by Bing Crosby. Pintchik’s delicate, swinging treatment, with Hardy’s pulsing bass and Takeishi’s off-center brushwork may very well direct other players to this long-hidden gem. She perfectly captures the playfulness of Thelonious Monk’s “We See,” delivering a jaunty interpretation. The remainder of the date showcases strong original compositions. Hardy contributed the breezy samba “Scamba.” Pinthcik’s “Hopperesque” is rather exotic, especially due to Takeishi’s fascinating percussion. Her “Let’s Get Lucky” is a Brazilian-flavored gem that alternates between a laid-back feeling and a driving intensity. The squealing of cymbals and ominous percussion introduce “Mortal,” though the mood turns bittersweet as the pianist finally makes her entrance, almost suggesting powerful emotion coming forth after the sudden end of a romance. Takeishi’s percussion seems to add a bit of turmoil into this powerful work. Leslie Pintchik’s brilliant debut aptly displays her enormous gifts as a composer, arranger and pianist.
01. All the Things You Are
02. You Keep Coming Back Like a Song
05. Let’s Get Lucky
06. Happy Dog
08. Terse Tune
10. Something Lost
11. We See
Leslie Pintchik – Piano
Scott Hardy – Bass
Satoshi Takeishi – Drums & Percussion